How actuarial assumptions affect defined benefit obligations under International Financial Reporting Standards. Evidence from Korea

Kwanghee Cho, Young Jun Kim, Sang Kyoo Yoon

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This paper examines how actuarial assumptions affect defined benefit obligations (DBOs) under the newly adopted Korean International Financial Reporting Standards (K-IFRS) with the help of evaluation reports provided by the pension provider. The results show that there is no significant discrepancy between the DBOs estimated on a going concern basis under K-IFRS, and the retirement benefits estimated on a non-going concern basis under traditional K-GAAP. Also, the rate of salary increase, average salary and average years of service have a statistically significant positive impact on DBOs, irrespective of the adoption of K-IFRS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-261
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Accounting Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1


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